Arab Spring
Turkey-Syria relations Russia consolidates in East Mediterranean

Last week’s meeting between Syria and Turkey in Moscow show that Russia’s standing in the West Asian region is far from defined by the Ukraine conflict

Alaa Abd El Fattah Egypt Jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah completes 200 days on hunger strike

Alaa has been on hunger strike since April 2, raising the issue of his deteriorating health. His family members and other activists have demanded immediate international intervention to secure his release 

Low turnout in referendum on new constitution in Tunisia

Preliminary numbers indicate a very low voter turnout in the referendum which was held amid boycott and protests by major opposition groups

Tunisia protests Mass actions against President Kais Saied’s rule intensify in Tunisia

Tunisia witnessed numerous protests on Sunday, June 19. The country’s largest trade union UGTT observed a national strike last week, while judges have decided to extend their strike for a third consecutive week

Tunisia judges strike Judges in Tunisia go on strike opposing Kais Saied’s decision to sack 57 of their colleagues 

The judges’ strike adds to the growing number of public actions against President Kais Saied’s rule by decrees and his reforms to politics and administration in Tunisia

Tunisia new constitution Tunisian political parties and trade unions reject president’s move to enact a new constitution 

The UGTT, Tunisia’s main trade union, and major left parties gave calls for boycott of the national dialogue initiated by President Kais Saied last week, almost a year after he dismissed the elected government 

Hunger strike by Egyptian prisoner Political prisoner Walid Shawky goes on hunger strike to expose medical negligence in Egyptian jails 

Walid Shawky is accused of being a member of a terrorist organization and has been in jail since October 2018. Under the Abdel Fattah el-Sisi regime, tens of thousands of political prisoners have faced harrowing conditions, especially medical negligence

Tunisia protest Tunisians continue protests against president Kais Saied’s power grab 

Separate protests were organized by the Workers’ Party and the Ennahda party over the weekend. At the first protest, speakers called for a third way between Kais Saied’s dictatorship and the Islamist parties

MSF reports civilians killed by Ethiopian soldiers in Tigray and other stories

Today we take a look at recent reports of the killing of civilians in the Tigray region, custodial deaths of Indigenous people in Australia, police repression against a protest in Jordan, and the key lessons learned as India marks 1 year of the Covid-19 lockdown

Jordanian security forces crack down on demonstrations on anniversary of 2011 protests

The protests were called to mark the 10th anniversary of anti-monarchy and pro-democracy protests. Protesters were also demanding an end to the emergency law imposed last year and addressing of several economic issues such as rising unemployment

Bahrain protests Sporadic protests in Bahrain on tenth anniversary of Arab Spring

Scores of Bahrainis took to the streets on Sunday marking the tenth anniversary of the anti-government Arab Spring protests. The protests of 2011 were suppressed by the ruling al-Khalifa family with the aid of Saudi Arabia and other monarchies

Tunisia protests The people want the fall of the regime: What lies behind the protests in Tunisia?

In the 10 years since the Arab Spring, while democracy has functioned in Tunisia at a procedural level, it has not met the aspirations of the people, especially the youth